* Auslese Summer Sessions will pair tapas dishes created by Aubergine owner Chef Harald Bresselschmidt, fine wines, and good jazz every second Thursday evening, from 21 November onwards. (received from Auslese via e-mail)
* The 325th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots was celebrated with a special concert, ranging from classical music to cabaret, last night at the Endler Hall. (received from the University of Stellenbosch via e-mail)
* Tour operator ‘Great Safaris’ has launched a ‘South African Culinary Treasures Journey’ 7 day tour of the Winelands and Cape Town, which includes learning about wine blending, food and wine pairing, bread baking, and a cooking class ‘in Cape Malay‘!
* The South African Pinotage restaurant is opening in Beijing.
* Scandinavia, Russia and the United Kingdom could become the main vine growing regions in Europe by 2050.
* ‘Franschhoek Uncorked’, the annual event in which the Franschhoek wine estates attract winelovers to their farms over a weekend in September, has been named ‘Six of the Best: Global Gourmet Events’.
* Robertson Winery Chardonnay is the only South African wine recommended to drink with a Thanksgiving turkey in the USA!
* CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa Matšatši Ramawela says ‘We don’t want potholes’, speaking about the challenges facing the tourism industry.
* A survey conducted amongst 220 residents of the 2000 living in the CBD of Cape Town has found that they are younger; are employed in media and marketing, IT, and the financial industries; live in the city centre as well as Bo Kaap, District Six, lower Gardens, and lower Kloof Street; visit Kloof, Long and Bree streets; enjoy living in the city centre because it is close to work, offers diverse entertainment, and is close to other suburbs; most drive to work, despite living close to work; and lack of parking is a negative for the area, as is crime in Woodstock. (via The CapeTowner)
* Alan Winde, Minister of Finance, Tourism, and Economic Development, recently presented his 2013 Provincial Economic Review and Outlook. He shared that the growth rate of the Western Cape is projected to be 3,6% p.a. in the next five years relative to the estimated 3% p.a. global growth rate. The growth rate in the Western Cape Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sectors is likely to reach 4,6% p.a. over the same period. The Agricultural sector is showing ‘subdued growth’, as 40% of its exports are to the European Union. Overall the low global growth ‘implications may also be felt in the hospitality sector as people are less likely to travel‘, the Minister added. The weaker exchange rate could be a benefit for the Western Cape, and the Minister foresees that the slowdown in the Chinese economy will not have a marked effect on the Western Cape. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage